Human evolution and the Ecomorphology of Tree Climbing
Dr S K Thorpe, Dr W Sellers
8 February 2019
Bipedalism and the extraordinary manipulative abilities of the human hand, that are central to tool use and technology, are widely considered to be two of the major hallmarks of humanity.
SCENARIO: Hominin dispersal, climate and encephalization
Dr C Venditti, Dr JS Singarayer, Prof M Pagel, Prof S Harrison
25 January 2019
Modern humans arose in Africa around 200,000 years ago and subsequently migrated out of Africa eventually to occupy the entire world – the only Hominin species in an evolutionary lineage that is ~7 million years old to have done so.
The University is rated 69th in the 2014 QS World University Rankings and is in the top ten UK research-intensive universities (latest Research Assessment Exercise).
Evolution of Nonverbal Communication: Music and the Voice
Prof S Schweinberger
31 January 2019
Linguistic evolution is a prime topic for the IMPRS, but the human voice can also be used for communicating nonverbal social signals, by spontaneously using prosody and intonation.
Data-driven spatial models of human societies
Dr J Burridge, Dr M Gnacik
17 February 2019
Applications are invited for a fully-funded three year PhD to commence in October 2019. The PhD will be based in the School of Mathematics and Physics and will be supervised by Dr James Burridge and Dr Michal Gnacik.